Why Interdisciplinarity in Higher Ed?
Interdisciplinary education can help students develop 21st century skills, and a wide range of cross-cutting professional skills. It enables students to look at the world through multiple lenses; synthesize disciplines to better understand phenomena; identify and connect interdependencies among disciplines or topics; and understand larger systems in which individual disciplines exist (Cotantino et al., 2010; Cowden & Santiago, 2016; Styron, 2013), where “knowledge […] is not applied in bits and pieces but in an integrated fashion” (Summers, 2005, p.627).
Typology of Interdisciplinarity
“Interdisciplinary” refers to any type of activities that traverse the boundaries of traditional disciplines. We consider interdisciplinarity being an umbrella term for three main types, including cross-disciplinary education, multi-disciplinary education, and transdisciplinary education.
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